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Packing Guide for Costa Rica

What to Pack for Costa Rica

You just hit Complete Purchase on plane tickets to Costa Rica.Congrats!You're going to love it!I've been to the beautiful little Central American country twice and had amazing experiences both times.But knowing what to pack for Costa Rica can be tricky.Using my 5,4,3,2,1 packing list method,I've put to万博官网gether a guide to help you cover all your activities with style.


Tree Climbing in Monteverde

Climbing Trees in Monteverde,Costa Rica

A spider monkey I am not.They run up and down tree limbs with ease,swooping from one branch to another.Meanwhile,I huff and puff and awkwardly hoist myself from one climbing hold to another.I have the upper body strength of a T-Rex but yet seem to prefer to try to pull myself up the tree rather than push myself with my legs.Knowing this,I still signed up to take a go at the Arboreal Climbing Park at Sky manbetx足球滚球Adventures in Monteverde,Costa Rica.


How Much Does It Cost to Travel To Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a stunning country with a lot to offer visitors from a wide range of wildlife to beautiful scenery,pristine beaches to countless adventure opportunities.Despite being located in Central America,don't expect prices like nearby countries like Nicaragua.Prices often reflect their mature tourism industry and infrastructure.That being said,you can still find some great deals in the tropical paradise.


Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Then and Now

I wasn't planning on travelling this winter/spring.I really wasn't.I told all my friends as much.I made plans for how I'd squirrel away money instead to pad up my savings account.I tried to find ways to convince myself that seeing a slowly growing account would be just as thrilling as tropical manbetx足球滚球adventures.But then came the seat sales.


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Foodie Friday: Fried Plantains in Costa Rica

It's been over a year since I was in Costa Rica.On my first morning there I discovered a dish that I now refer to as "breakfast candy" – fried plantains.Starchier than bananas they were sweet and almost melted in my mouth when cooked.I could've happily eaten them with gallo pinto,pineapple and coffee every morning for breakfast.What's been your favourite food discovery while travelling?


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Sunday Snap: Hotel Flores – Tamarindo,Costa Rica

This was the view I was greeted with each morning when I opened the door of my room at the Hotel Flores in Tamarindo,Costa Rica.A little oasis among dusty roads.I spent a few hours by the pool trying to 万博官网get the hang of this "relaxing" thing.I liked the fact that it's small – only eight rooms – and I would happily stay here again when in Tamarindo.I've been longing for Costa Rica lately.I think the cold,wet,North Atlantic winter has something to do with that.


Arenal Volcano

Photo of the Week: Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano was one of my favourite places I visited this year.It is still listed as an active volcano located in La Fortuna,Costa Rica but it hasn't spewed any lava in over a year now.In 1968 it erupted violently and unexpectedly,destroying the town of Tabacón and killing 87 people in the process.While the volcano is the reason many tourists visit the area it now boasts a number of other activities including whitewater rafting,zip line/canopy tours,wildlife viewing,hot springs,waterfall rapelling,hiking,caving,and horseback riding.


Surfing in Tamarindo

Learning to Surf in Tamarindo

Paddle,paddle,paddle.Push up.Plant left foot.Plant right foot.Stand up.Oh my god I'm actually doing it… I'm surfing!After proudly hopping off the board in the knee-deep water I looked around expectantly to see who had seen and recognized my brief moment of glory and triumph.Not a bloody soul.Solo travel sucks sometimes.Surfing was something I just had to try while in Costa Rica.Like a good romance,despite some initial frustrations I stuck with it and now I'm hooked.


Hotel Royal Corin

Staying at the Hotel Royal Corin in La Fortuna,Costa Rica

I knew right away that I'd made a good choice of hotel in La Fortuna when the van pulled up to the entrance and I was immediately greeted with a fizzy mock-tail of delicious tropical juices and a big smile,while someone took my bags.With free wifi,a full restaurant,spa and three bars I knew my needs would be taken care of but it was the private hot springs I was really looking forward to.If you're traveling to the Arenal Volcano area of Costa Rica and want to feel relaxed and pampered,the Hotel Royal Corin will delight and treat you well.


Flying High with the Original Canopy Tour

Ever wanted to swing through the forest,hopping from tree to tree like an over sized flying squirrel?Zip lining is probably the closest you'll 万博官网get to that feeling.  The Original Canopy Tour boasts itself to be the original company to offer zipline tours and have been thrilling people for almost 20 years.I had my choice of quite a few outfits while in Costa Rica but I figured,when in doubt,go with the originals!


Sunset at Playa Tamarindo

Photo of the Week: Tamarindo Sunset

This week's photo is from Playa Tamarindo,Costa Rica.Every evening like clockwork tourists start gathering on the beach to watch the show.If you don't want to walk along the beach,show up a little early to 万博官网get a literal front row seat at one of the many beachfront restaurants.What could be a better way to chill out after a day of surfing before you hit up the nightclub?


San Francisco Segway

My ABCs of Travel

I saw this topic being passed around by travel bloggers awhile ago and I thought it'd be a great framework to 万博官网get me started.A little 万博官网get to know me post,if you will.A: Age you went on your first international trip It may have been before,but the earliest I can remember was when I was 9,being in Ontario for my birthday and crossing the border at Niagara Falls into Buffalo.I don't remember much about that short day trip other than goingfor wings.Buffalo wings in Buffalo…it just had to be done.B: Best (foreign) beer you've had and where My first ever pint of Guinness in Dublin.It's hard to beat a pint served right at the brewery.Second runner up: Goose Island's Honker Ale.Chicago totally counts as foreign to this Canuck.C: Cuisine (favorite) Southwest followed by Indian.If someone invented a butter…